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2016 Radical RXC Turbo GT3

2016 Radical RXC Turbo GT3

The bonkers Radical RXC Turbo is going racing with an FIA-approve GT3-spec model.

Having unveiled several new RXC models over the last couple of years, Radical has finally announced that its turbocharged track-toy has been approved and homologated for GT3 racing. Dubbed RXC Turbo GT3, the new racer will give Radical customers access to top-level GT racing under the FIA banner.

As of now, the RXC Turbo GT3 can be raced in championships such as the International GT Opel, Supercar Challenge, Britcar, VdeV, Bute Motorsport Prototype Series, Endurance Racing Series, and NARRA USA GT. The car is also eligible for the Coupe Class of the Radical European Masters, the brand’s flagship championship visiting iconic race venues such as Estoril, Spa-Francorchamps, Paul Ricard, Silverstone, Donington Park, Monza, and Jerez in 2016.

In order to make the Turbo GT3 eligible for these races, Radical had to create its most advanced RXC model to date. Unlike previous models, the GT3 is fitted with an advanced traction control system and an array of data acquisition options. Customer test drives will commence later in 2016 at a range of U.K. and European race tracks.

Continue reading to learn more about the Radical RXC Turbo GT3.

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Is The Radical RXC Turbo 500 Faster Than The McLaren P1: Video

Is The Radical RXC Turbo 500 Faster Than The McLaren P1: Video

It’s been two years since the McLaren P1, Ferrari LaFerrari, and Porsche 918 Spyder were launched, and enthusiasts the world over are still wondering which is the fastest. But in the absence of a comprehensive test with all three supecars on hand, this conundrum is far from being solved.

Granted, the P1, LaFerrari, and 918 are the most celebrated hypercars of the 21st century, but are they also the fastest vehicles you can hoon at the race track? The answer is no, and the latest episode of Evo’s Leaderboard series is here to prove just that.

For the uninitiated, Evo Leaderboard is pretty much the same thing as Top Gear’s Power Laps. But while Top Gear uses Colin Chapman’s former test track at the Dunsfold Aerodrome in Surrey, Evo brings its cars to the Anglesey Circuit, a 2.1-mile track in Ty Croes, Wales.

Until the new Radical RXC Turbo 500 came to Anglesey, Evo’s quickest car around the circuit was the McLaren P1, which lapped the track in 1:11.2 minutes with Trofeo tires at all corners, nearly a second quicker than the Porsche 918.

With 903 horsepower and racing-bred underpinnings at its disposal, the P1 seemed unbeatable, but that changed when the RXC Turbo 500 arrived at Anglesey. Though its 3.5-liter V-6 cranks out "only" 530 horses, the LMP1-like construction and lightness of the Radical makes it quicker than most million-dollar hypercars you can buy nowadays. Evo’s recent test confirms that the RXC Turbo 500 is insanely quick not just from 0 to 60 mph, but on the race as well, where it defeated both the P1 and the 918 Spyder. Hit play to find out by how much.

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2016 Radical RXC Turbo 500

2016 Radical RXC Turbo 500

Introduced in late 2012, the RXC Coupe arrived to give Radical Sportscars a road-legal car (in some countries) that had a roof to keep the elements out. Additionally, it arrived with optional air conditioning, carpeting, and more goodies to make road travel a little more comfortable. For the 2015 model year, the RXC Turbo arrived with a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 with 454 horses and 500 pound-feet of torque. Now with the 2016 model year looming and Radical looking to best its existing Nurburgring record, the automaker has released the RXC Turbo 500, which is essentially a hopped-up version of the RXC Turbo.

Boasting all the race-car goodness that made the 2014 RXC so awesome, the RXC Turbo 500 takes things to a whole new level of insanity. But awesomeness aside, is the RXC Turbo 500 really worth the scratch that Radical is asking for it?

Click past the jump to read my full review of the 2016 Radical RXC Turbo 500 to find out.

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2015 Radical RXC Spyder

2015 Radical RXC Spyder

At its world premiere at the Autosport International show earlier this month, UK-based Radical Sportscars unveiled its latest flagship track-day special: the RXC Spyder. For all intents and purposes, this open-cockpit, mid-engine, mini-LMP looks to be an absolute monster, with a powerplant that can rev forever and a chassis capable of tracking down checkered flags like a shark to blood.

The Spyder has already eclipsed the lap times set by Radical’s previous “ultimate racer,” the SR8 RX, with more speed promised after further development. As with any new vehicle most at home on a starting grid, the Spyder represents Radical’s ongoing effort in performance and handling optimization.

At well over six figures, this is one very expensive plaything. But for anyone brave enough to take the plunge, the Spyder promises a racing experience unparalleled this side of Le Mans. The engine revs past 10,000 rpm, the grip will beat you senseless, and the downforce is as effective as hammering a nail. Come race day, there are precious few vehicles that are even capable of coming close to it. It’s the kind of package that inspires mere mortals to transcend to the realm of superheroes. It’s the kind of car that can mold bronze divinities from squishy grey lumps of clay. It really is that good.

Click past the jump to read more about the Radical RXC Spyder.

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2015 Radical SR3 RSX

2015 Radical SR3 RSX

Launched in 2002, the six-figure SR3 is a mainstay of the Radical lineup, outselling the company’s other products by a large margin. Hilariously, all of Radical’s offerings can be converted for street use in certain countries, but you won’t see too many of these Le Mans-style racers out on a grocery run. Obviously, it’s the car’s track prowess that draws customers, and the SR3 is made eligible for entry in a variety of race series, including Radical’s own Clubman’s Cup, European Masters, and SR3 Challenge. This latest iteration does not deviate from the formula, and comes with several new improvements to both performance and reliability.

British manufacturer Radical is known for producing open-wheeled track terrors that are light, nimble, and devastatingly quick. Like any successful racing car, the design philosophy revolves around trimming all the fat, while incorporating the tried and true go-fast technology you’d expect from a modern racer. The engine sits behind the driver, the aero is big and functional, and there’s a ton of tire stuffed under the arches. The result is a laser beam focused tool for putting down blistering lap times, compromising nothing in the quest for ultimate speed.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Radical SR3 RSX.

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2015 Radical SR8 RSX

2015 Radical SR8 RSX

Radical has followed up on its promise to unveil two new models on October 31, 2014 with the debut of the SR8 RSX. The new high-performance race car made its debut at the Circuit de Barcelona in Spain. Radical has high expectations for the SR8 RSX, labeling it as its most advanced, powerful, and aerodynamically developed open racing car.

Radical knows its market and it’s packaging the SR8 RSX with the belief that the car’s new technological features will go a long way in convincing its buyers in its niche market to pick it over the competition. It’s a task far easier said than done given its six-figure price tag. However, when the cost comes with a car that can push performance boundaries like no Radical before it could, there’s enough reason to justify spending that much money on a track-day toy.

The company also described the SR8 RSX as its new flagship model that offers an experience “closer to LMP competition”. With that kind of build-up, I’ll venture a guess that Radical is loving the attention being given to the SR8 RSX.

Click past the jump to read more about the Radical SR8 RSX.

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Live: Radical Sportscars Will Unveil Two New Models On October 31st

Live: Radical Sportscars Will Unveil Two New Models On October 31st

October 31st may be Halloween for a lot of people, but Radical is celebrating the day for a far more different reason. The British race car brand is set to unveil two new models on that day, and we can be a part of it thanks to the tried-and-tested method of live streaming. A lot of companies have adopted live streaming as an integral part of fan interaction and Radical’s using it to build anticipation on a landmark moment in the company’s 17-year history.

The event will be hosted by Radical co-founder Phil Abbott and will include esteemed guests like six-time Olympic gold medalist Sir Chris Hoy, who, incidentally, has begun dabbling in motorsport racing after retiring from competitive cycling where he earned the reputation as the most decorated Olympic cyclist of all time. It’s unclear if Sir Hoy’s involvement means that we’re going to see him racing Radical race cars in the future, but it does make you wonder why he’s involved in the launch of these two new Radical models.

In any case, the cars will make their debuts during the last round of the 2014 Radical European Masters season at the Circuit de Barcelona, 7:00 pm Central European Time. That would be 1:00 pm Eastern Time here in the U.S.

If you’re not outside taking your kids on a trick or treating excursion around your neighborhood, you might want to join Radical through the power of live streaming in the above video as the company unveils its two latest models.

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2015 Radical RXC Hydrogen Powered

2015 Radical RXC Hydrogen Powered

Sometime in the future, there will be a place in the world for a hydrogen-powered race car. You can even argue that such a time is upon us. But even that is probably getting a little ahead of ourselves. Then, there’s Radical Sportscars, which is known more for its raunchy band of sports racers. But hydrogen race cars? Not so much. Or at least, not until now.

This is a Radical RXC, except that it isn’t just that. It’s actually a hydrogen-powered RXC. It still sounds a little too foreign for some people, but the truth is that hydrogen does have a future in the auto industry as an alternative energy source.

But Radical isn’t settling for that. It has a much bigger goal; one of which is to create a one-make racing series that will exclusively feature hydrogen-powered race cars.

Together with Cranfield University’s Advanced Motorsport Engineering postgraduate program, Radical set out to determine the viability of a low-cost, hydrogen-fueled racing prototype while using the RXC as its own guinea pig.

Click past the jump to read more about the Radical RXC Hydrogen Powered.

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2014 Radical SR3 RS

2014 Radical SR3 RS

Radical is not one of the most recognizable sports car manufacturers in the world, and there is a reason for that. You see, Radical is not a brand built for high volume. The manufacturer specifically caters to the elite enthusiasts who, in their search for adrenaline, are looking for thoroughbred racers.

First launched back in 2002, the SR3 RS is one of the most popular and successful models by the British manufacturer. Built to FIA standards and design cues inspired by theLeMans-racing Radical SR9 LMP2, the current-generation SR3 RS is all about gaining the best performance by improving aerodynamics and decreasing weight.

With seating for two and a chassis built for going around corners fast, the SR3 RS is one of the most fun yet terrifying track-day cars for both the driver and the passenger.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Radical SR3 RS.

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2015 Radical RXC Turbo

2015 Radical RXC Turbo

Radical Sportscars, the company behind some of the most outrageous track-day toys on the planet has just released its newest machine: the Radical RXC Turbo. Thanks to a continuing partnership with Ford and a tuned 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine, the RXC Turbo can make the blitz to 60 mph in under three seconds and will reach a top speed of 185 mph. This far surpasses the performance available with last year’s non-turbo RXC that was powered by a Ford 3.7-liter, V-6 engine.

A born racer, the Radical RXC Turbo comes with FIA approved crash boxes front and rear, and the outrageous body work can produce almost 2,000 pounds of downforce at top speed.

Even though its race ready, and features a host of race specific parts, this Radical is street legal. If you ever dreamed of parading through town in a Le Mans-style racer, this is the car for you.

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Radical SR8 RX Sets a New Record at Pageant of Power

Radical SR8 RX Sets a New Record at Pageant of Power

Last year, aCaterham SP/300.R became the fastest car at the Cholmondeley Pageant of Power with a lap time of 61.89 seconds. The Caterham did all it could to defend its title this year, but a Radical SR8 RX turned out to be the fastest car this year.

With professional racecar driver, Robbie Kerr, behind the wheel, the British-built Radical completed a lap of the 1.2-mile circuit in just 55.29 second, smashing the previous record by 6.6 seconds. The SP/300.R was the second fastest car with a lap time of 56.53 seconds. The Radical didn’t end its supremacy there, as it also hit the fastest speed on the track: 129 mph.

The SR8 RX was entered in the "Racing Saloons & Track Day Cars" class, which helped it break the record, due to the track-focused nature of the cars competing in that class. The competition saw a total entry of 139 cars and bikes.

Click past the jump to read more about the Radical SR8 RX.

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2014 Radical RXC Coupe

2014 Radical RXC Coupe

When we first heard about the Radical RXC Coupe earlier this year, we knew we had a long wait ahead of us, as we anticipated not getting the details until the January 10th Autosport International show. Well, the wait was long, but we got our first taste a little earlier than expected, as Radical has just released the specifications and features of its upcoming coupe.

Before this release, we had little clue what to expect, but we did know that a V-6 engine would be standard and a V-8 engine would be optional. The output of said engines was a complete mystery and the performance numbers were even more blurred.

With this early release of info, Radical has officially moistened our whistle and we are now just waiting to see one hit the track for the first time. We’ll let you know this much up front, this coupe is shockingly powerful and even more shocking are its track numbers.

Hit the jump to read our full review of the Radical RXC Coupe and find out just how shocking it is.

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2013 Radical SR1

2013 Radical SR1

From the folks that gave us the SR3 SL comes another race car set to get your hearts pumping on the track. The new SR1 by Radical Motorsports is an entry level sports-prototype racing car aimed at the track-day driver and club racer. It is priced at a measly £29,850, or $37,800 at the current exchange rates.

The new SR1 was designed by the same guys responsible for the Radical’s SR9 LMP2 racecar, so it follows in the same design direction, but tweaked for current track regulations. It has been designed to be ideal for both the driver and the passenger.

Under the hood, the racing prototype gets an RPE-Suzuki four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 210 HP and is mated to a six-speed sequential gearbox as standard. The SR1 can go up to a top speed of 138 mph and sprints from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds.

UPDATE 08/23/2012: The Radical SR1 has begun testing at Bedford Autodrome, one of the locations for next year’s Radical SR1 Cup championship for novice drivers and trackday enthusiasts. Radical has marked this time in their history with a new video introducing all drivers to their new Radical SR1. Check it out by clicking on the image above.

Hit the jump to read more about the new Radical SR1.

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2012 Radical SR8 RX

2012 Radical SR8 RX

Radical has become one of those car companies that just “gets it.” They understand that not everyone is a multi-millionaire that can afford to drop several hundred thousand dollars on a racecar as an amateur. Radical-built sports cars like the SR4, PR6, and SR3 all come in at under $100K, so even a lower-budget racer can get into the sport.

For those that are a little more seasoned in racing and have the extra capital to spend, Radical can certainly cater to you too. One model that caters nicely to this group of more affluent racers is the Radical SR8 RX. This model sits just below Radical’s range-topping SR9, and is defines as “quite simply the world’s fastest production sports car.” The SR8 line is even the world record holder for fastest time around the famed Nürburgring, as its LM variant tackled the `Ring in just 6:48.

So how does the SR8 RX stack up against the rest of the racing world?

Click past the jump to find out.

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2013 Radical PR6

2013 Radical PR6

When a company thinks highly enough of itself to dub its cars “Radical,” it had better deliver on what its name alludes to. Well, Radical Sports Cars has been at it since 1997 and its sole mission is to build affordable cars that you can take out to the track and crush the opposition. That sounds pretty “Radical” to us.

The Radical PR6 is what its builder defines as a “versatile racer that’s at home on both track and hill.” This model sits directly above the entry-level Radical car, the newly released SR-1, which is pretty bad-ass in its own right.

The PR6 is a true “racer’s car,” focusing more on technical aspects, like lightweight body panels, precision suspension, and well-tunes gearbox, as opposed to brute strength, like other race car manufacturers. This is the type of car that can go out and wallop a 500-horsepower Corvette on the track, leaving the `Vette driver speechless when he learns how little power this compact racer is putting out.

So how much power does it really have and what makes it so darned special?

You’ll have to click past the jump to read our complete review and find out.

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2011 Radical SR3 SL

2011 Radical SR3 SL

From the people that gave us the SR2 and the SRZero comes a new track-day and road-focused roadster that’s expected to be the company’s flagship model of 2011. Radical Motorsports recently introduced their new bad boy, the SR3 SL, at the Autosport International Show in Birmingham, England.

According to Radical Motorsports, the SR3 SL is expected to be their most advanced supercar yet. Certainly, there’s a lot to like about this British beast. It’s got 300 horsepower inside of it, making for a scintillating open-top joy ride. It’s lightweight structure - overall weight is just 675 kg - allows it to to quick and agile, even for Radical’s standards.

And if you just happen to have an insatiable lust for power and speed, Radical Motorsports is offering a Race Pack for the SR3 SL that comes with added features, including an engine calibration map selection that provides ‘road’, ‘wet’, and ‘racetrack’ suitable maps, a racing bi-plane rear wing, racing tire options, and an FIA-approved fuel cell.

Suffice to say, Radical took the time to load up on the SR3 SL, much to our approval.

UPDATE 09/15/11:The Radical SR3 SL has been around for some time now, but it was only this week when it made its public debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Suffice to say, the car looks hella nice up close and personal, too. Check out the new images in the gallery provided!

Details on the Radical SR3 SL after the jump.

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2011 Radical SR3 RS Limited

2011 Radical SR3 RS Limited

British manufacturer, Radical Sports Cars, will be celebrating the SR3’s 10th anniversary with the launch of a special edition SR3 RS Limited. Only 25 units of this special edition will be produced, each carrying a price tag of £49,850, or about $81,000 at the current exchange rates. The car is now available for order.

The SR3 RS Limited is a trackday-focused edition and is available in three summer color options: Spice Yellow, Tangerine, and Rosso Red combined with a unique matte vinyl graphics pack.

Under the hood, the SR3 RS Limited gets a 1340cc RPE-Suzuki engine that delivers a total of 210 HP at 10,500rpm. This engine is mated to a six-speed sequential gearbox and gear drive system. It also features a Quaife ATB differential, 260x25mm 30-vane ventilated discs front and rear, high-downforce rear diffuser, passenger seat belts, trackday silencing kit, a unique identification numbered plate (1 to 25), and spares ‘starter pack’ including spare wheels/wet-weather tires, filters, and accessories.

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2005 Radical SR4 CS

2005 Radical SR4 CS

Radical Sportscars doesn’t release new vehicles very often, but when they do, they immediately grab the world’s attention. Founded in 1997, by Mick Hyde and Phil Abbott, the whole idea was to build open-cockpit sportscars that can be registered for road use while also being capable of running on a track circuit without any form of modification.

Take the SR4 CS for example. Released back in 2004, the successor to Radical’s immensely popular Clubsport/Prosport range, the SR4 CS became such a hit that it bagged a few awards that year, including Evo Magazine’s Trackday Car of the Year award.

The SR4 CS became popular because of its nimble and agile nature allowing it to instantaneously change directions while also having a strong and safe chassis that makes it tough and sturdy. Combining it’s easy-to-drive nature with some mighty impressive performance numbers and an affordable price tag to boot, Radical’s SR4 is about the closest thing to a road/track ready two-seater sports car that we can afford.

Details after the jump.

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